Mary Bauermeister: No fighting on Christmas. The air-conditioned nightmare.
29. November 2017 - 03. February 2018
Opening reception on November 26th, 2017, 2:30 - 5:00 pm Dr. Kerstin Skrobanek, art historian, curator of the Municipal Museums of Heilbronn and author of several articles about Mary Bauermeister and her artwork, will introduce the exhibition.
Mary Bauermeister made a series of drawings while working in the US between 1967 and 1971, in which she deals critically with the American way of life and US policy. These will be presented 50 years later for the first time in this exhibition.
Lisa Gehrig: Spektra
23. November - 30. December 2017
Opening on November 22, 2017, 7 pm. Lisa Gehrig, born in 1989 in Karlsruhe, graduated this year from the Art Academy in Mainz (class Prof. Judith Samen). We will present in our studio videos and drawings by this young artist.
Thomas Baumgärtel / Harald Klemm: German Unification
13. September - 11. November 2017
Opening reception on September 10th, 2017, 2:30 - 5:00 pm
Werner Berges: Then and now
24. June - 26. August 2017
Opening weekend: June 24th and 25th, 2017, 11 am - 6 pm.
A model's dignity
Fashion and rebellion, elegance and recalcitrance, sheath dresses and protest culture shape the micro cosmos in which Werner Berges' early work developed in the 1960's - an era with artistic styles that are currently being rediscovered by the international art market. His early work evolves in the passionate confrontation with motifs, formal finesse and the characteristic infatuation with color typical of that time. The German painter and Pop Art pioneer, however, doesn't belong to those who vehemently declare war on the establishment: "I was always convinced" said Berges, "that one can't achieve anything politically with art and political statements are by no means art's sole purpose."
He would have hardly been invited to this year's very political and as a result ultimately aesthetically impoverished documenta. At the same time his commitment to an epicurean art concept appears almost rebellious these days. Berges has been successfully defying the mainstream to this day. "For me", he reveals, "making art primarily has to do with pleasure. I am a passionate painter." That is how his variation of an art movement known as Pop Art developed: Berges Pop.
- Dorothee Baer-Bogenschütz
24. June - 26. August 2017
Opening weekend: June 24th and 25th, 2017, 11 am - 6 pm. Sunday, June 25th, 3 pm: "meet the artists".
In the show "real" works by nine artists are presented whose art, projects and working methods were shown in virtual exhibitions on the website of the DavisKlemmGallery while the new gallery was being built. Instead of purely virtual exhibitions only to be seen on a computer monitor or a smartphone their works can now "really" be seen in the new gallery's studio.
For years now discussions about the possibilities and limitations of the internet have been going on in the art community. The growing number of world wide web platforms that have to do with art, however, is proof on how important the internet has become for art. At the same time, however, exhibitions remain extremely important - whether in galleries, museums, art associations or at art fairs. Real places, where viewers stand in front of art, see and experience it directly , remain essential - simply because real life cannot be replaced by virtual worlds.
Virtual 9: The Construction Site
05. May - 10. June 2017
The idea to build a gallery came to us while in Cadaques, Spain in the summer of 2015. Why rent a gallery space when you have a piece of property that you could build on? Back in Germany we started planning ...
The first draft that Tobias Ruppert from KAP Architektur und Development presented was very convincing: straightforward and contemporary. The special feature of his draft: the diagonal wood siding applied at a 45 degree angle. The wood was to be untreated and should gray with time naturally - or as the wood specialists say: the wood would turn silver. We handed in our first building application in November 2015.
Many months passed until the city of Wiesbaden gave us our building permit. We used this time wisely. We found a general contractor: Ochs GmbH in Kirchberg. Our office became our rehearsal space where we tried things out for the big construction site to come. We looked at a lot of wood siding during this time. We found a landscape architekt: Dirlenbach Planungsgesellschaft mbH. We planned the lighting and planned and planned ... Finally, at the end of September 2016 we got the building permit - with the condition to inspect the property for bombs from WWII.
Our property was cleared and inspected - and, fortunately, nothing was found. Architect Niels Leineweber took over the responsibility for our project - and we speeded things up.
Since January 2nd, 2017 our construction site has been evolving. Our artists are looking forward to exhibitions - and we are too. In this last virtual exhibition we have documented what has happened up to now.
Virtual 8: Birgit Luxenburger
08. March - 01. May 2017
To paint abstract means to me creating complex spaces out of paint on a flat oder relatively flat surface. Some of these images already exist in my head. Others come into being during the process of painting - in the constant interaction between the painting and myself. What interests me is the relationship between positive and negative space, depth, plasticity, transparency, opaqueness ...
When I am out with my camera, a simple excursion can turn into an expedition. Aware of my surroundings - whether nature oder urban settings - I automatically start thinking about my paintings. And sometimes I am surprised to recognize "pictures" that I have painted before. I document these situations by taking a photograph.
Painting has changed how I see. On my "expeditions" I am constantly scanning my surroundings - I can't help it. I examine landscapes and their details, spatial expansion, reflections, the movement of light, a shadow that turns into an autonomous shape and becomes a positive space. Colors grab my attention as well as defined and blurry areas, contours that seem to evaporate or that materialize.
Surprisingly, memories and reality merge. While out and about I discover pictures that I had already created at my studio - either exactly like my own pictures or slightly different. These are moments of astonishment - when I am struck by the similiarity, by the remarkable parallels I see through my object lens.
Are these afterimages? Is nature trying to guide me? Or have I (through painting) trained my sight to see the world in a different way? But I am not even in search of an ideal motif in regards to the real world - which can absolutely be a legitimate quest of some painters. When I am taking photographs I focus on things or situations that I have dealt with in my paintings - in a kind of comparative seeing.
The paintings were there first.
And all the while I thought I was painting abstract phenomena, created with acrylic paint and pigments on various surfaces, timeless phenomena beyond our conceptual world.
- Birgit Luxenburger, February 2017
Virtual 7: Katharina Gierlach - Across the Pond
09. January - 28. February 2017
Travelling is in general considered to be a source of inspiration. A different environment, a foreign language and new acquaintances sharpen the senses und open one's mind. In the autumn of 2016 the painter Katharina Gierlach (formerly Dietlinger) spent several weeks in New York and Virginia. Through a stipend from the Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus she spent six weeks at the Virgina Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA).
In Virginia she met artist colleagues from other disciplines. This exchange, combined with a break from daily routine, as well as the opportunity to experiment are what makes centers such as VCCA so unique. The virtual exhibition shown here is a result of her stay abroad. It is a combination of photographs that Katharina Gierlach made while travelling and of paintings she made at her studio at VCCA. She explains why she took certain snapshots, what she sees in them and what she watches out for.